Thursday, 23 November 2017

Castle Brom school chef to take on the best in the region

A COOK from Castle Bromwich Infants School will be battling it out for the chance to compete for the coveted title of National School Chef of the Year.
Christopher Townshend is one of eight competitors from around the West Midlands who will be strapping on their aprons for the regional heats of the competition on December 5.
The winner of this will then have the opportunity to progress to the national finals.
School Chef of the Year takes place every 12 months, with the competitors given 90 minutes to rustle up a main course and a dessert which would win the approval of the most difficult to please 11-year-old.
To make the competition even harder, the ingredients must cost no more than £1.30 per head.
Solihull has a proud history in the competition. Back in 2014, Christopher was highly commended for the ‘superhero meatball’ (meatball encased in dough served with sweet potato gnocchi, salad and roasted red pepper relish) he served up to judges.
And last year, Jose Davies Kochakkadan - from Marston Green Infants Academy - made it all the way to the national finals.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

Safe and Sound in Smith's Wood

SMITH'S Wood next "Safe and Sound" event will be taking place at Auckland Hall this week.
The meeting - offering residents the opportunity to discuss crime, the environment and safety on the estate - is to be held on Thursday (November 23).
All welcome between 7-9pm.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Horse work and hot food in Meriden Park

HOOF AND TAIL: Tan Tan the horse clears timber during a previous
Oaks and Shires event at Yorks Wood

TRADITIONAL woodland crafts and children's activities will be on offer in Chelmsley Wood next weekend.
The Oaks and Shires event will be taking place in Meriden Park on Saturday (November 25).
Visitors can also look forward to hot food and find out about the valuable role that horses play in maintaining the nation's woodland.
The event will run from 11am-3pm.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Chelmsley Wood chef supports Children in Need

A CHEF born and raised on Chelmsley Wood has auctioned off a cooking masterclass for Children in Need.
Radio WM listeners could bid for the chance to have Michelin-starred Glynn Purnell come to their home and cook a meal for two.
The auction took place yesterday evening, with the winning bid of £1,500 made by a Balsall Common man. All proceeds will go to the BBC's charity appeal.
Other lots up for grabs included the chance to meet classical singer Katherine Jenkins during her visit to Birmingham next month and a round of golf with former football manager Ron Atkinson.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Solihull Council takes action following fiery public meeting

SOLIHULL Council has said it has taken steps to smarten up Kingshurst Parade following concerns that the shopping precinct was becoming a magnet for crime and anti social behaviour.
Fears that people didn't feel safe on the Parade were among the issues raised during a packed public meeting during the summer.
There was an outpouring of anger about the handling of crime and cuts in local services during the event, which took place at St Barnabas Church on August 17.
Next week, Councillor Tony Dicicco, who was among the representatives from the police and Solihull Council who were invited to answer residents' questions, will be updated on the action that has been taken thus far.
Gillian Crabbe, the council's community safety and partnerships manager, said that lighting had now been upgraded on the Parade.
Efforts have also been made to clean up graffiti and remove fly-tipped waste both on the precinct itself and to the rear of the shops and flats.
In response to concerns that there wasn't enough for young people to do, the council and its partners have also commissioned a bespoke boxing programme for the Kingshurst area.
Ms Crabbe said: "All of issues raised at the meeting have been considered.
"Some have been resolved, whilst others require longer-term consideration. Work will continue to improve the environment and opportunities that exist for the community of Kinghurst."

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Charity's Chelmsley store turns 35

CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s has celebrated 35 years in Chelmsley Wood.
The branch in the town centre first opened its doors in the early 1980s - an era when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, Blackadder had just made its TV debut and wearing a seat belt had finally become compulsory.
Since then the shop, which is the charity's oldest in the West Midlands region, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to support vulnerable children and young people.
In the past 12 months alone, more than 7,700 bags of donations were received from supporters.
Yesterday (Tuesday) staff and volunteers from the charity cut a specially-made cake to celebrate the anniversary.
Barnardo’s manager Robyn Phillips said: "We have a fantastic team aged from 20-years-old up to 74-years-old, and the longest-serving supporter has been with us for an astonishing 30 years!
"We’ve received all sorts of items ranging from tins of dog food and a used toothbrush to Tiffany bracelets worth several hundred pounds.
"People offer whatever they can to help us and we wouldn’t be able to operate without their support."
The Barnardo’s store is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and on Sundays from 10am-4pm.